Here at Happy Beds, we know how difficult it can be to encourage your little bundles of energy to get into their bed at the end of a busy day and rest their tired eyes. Every evening can become a constant battle to get children to willingly go to their bedrooms for a night of dreams and deep sleep.
We believe it doesn’t have to be this way – bedtime doesn’t have to be dreaded and there are ways we can make children more excited to bury their heads in their pillows as parents get a well-deserved moment to relax and unwind. Who said bedtime had to be boring?
Here are a few of my top tips for how to get kids to sleep at bedtime:
A Successful Routine
It’s common knowledge that children need a healthy amount of sleep; however, the power of a good night’s sleep can sometimes be underestimated.
Dr Alan Green, writing for the Parents blog, informs us of how a good sleep routine can positively impact a child’s growth by preventing infections and improving healing abilities – making sleep vital to the wellbeing of your child.
He states that younger children, below nine years old, need around eleven hours of sleep for a healthy pattern. This decreases to ten hours around the age of ten, with sleeping habits taking a later routine when puberty strikes.
Routines are part of everyday life and we all follow our own ways of life, one way or another. Children’s lives depend on routine and consistency as a way of growth and learning development.
So, How Can You Build A Healthy Routine for Your Child?
Bedtime needs some structure or routine of events in order for a child’s sleep pattern to be successful. In order to achieve this, there are many popular habits that parents take up in order to encourage a smooth bedtime process.
This usually includes a set routine of: getting in pyjamas, brushing teeth and reading a bedtime story. The establishment of these habits let the children know when bedtime is near and that these key preparation actions are working towards a state of relaxation and sleep.
When leading up to bedtime, it is important to create a relaxing ambience of ‘winding down’. If you slowly introduce the idea of settling down into bed, your child will be more willing to go to bed and will inevitably gain a better night’s sleep, opposed to springing the idea of bedtime suddenly after excitable playing.
The Very Well Family blog make some really helpful points about what makes a successful bedtime routine, including tips on how to make your routine more age-appropriate and ways of introducing choice in a child’s bedtime.
If your child resists and fights the concept of bedtime, try and identify what might be causing this. You can introduce relaxing, but enjoyable, activities into their routine which are designed to bring your child towards a state of relaxation - like a good children’s book or a calm reflection of their day.
The Perfect Place to Unwind
Pre-school aged children are in a vital stage of development and they gain a strong sense of ownership and a desire for privacy during this time.
A cosy space filled with personal touches and decorations is the key to a warm and welcoming bedroom for your child. An ambient bedroom environment will encourage your child to want to spend time there, which will inevitably make bedtime that little bit more enticing.
Although relaxing, children’s bedrooms should never be boring! Filling their walls with their favourite characters or incorporating an exciting bedroom theme will give them the perfect environment to simply be themselves and unwind after a busy and exciting day.
Getting your child involved in the decorating process will really help to bring their ideas alive and aid to build the bedroom of their dreams – not only helping to create the perfect bedroom for them but also building their creative skills and making time for that all-important parental bonding.
Take a look at our recent blog How to Design the Perfect Bedroom for Your Toddler! It’s filled with advice and inspiration for where to get started!
The Right Bed
When growing up, children go through vital transitions from cot-sleeping to their very first toddler bed. It’s an inevitable process and choosing the right bed that your child is willing to sleep in can sometimes make the transition even harder.
We loved reading about The Ordinary Lovely’s personal experience of introducing her beloved son into the world of independent sleeping in his first exciting toddler bed!
Your child is less likely to want to climb into a boring bed at the end of the day, which is why there are so many exciting themed beds available out there. Racing cars, princess castles, and even beds with slides integrated into the bedframe - bedtime has never looked so fun!
At Happy Beds, we offer so many new and exciting children’s beds specifically designed to make that all-important bedtime more fun for your little ones. We want to make your child’s move from cot to toddler bed, and beyond, as comfortable as possible, offering countless styles and themes specified to your own child’s personal tastes.
How Can We Help?
Happy Beds is aware of the struggles that parents face with introducing a healthy bedtime routine into their child’s development and we want to do all we can to ensure parents are supported and children get the best sleep possible.